Regulating the Internet

These past two weeks there was w a huge conference in regards to the internet. The UN was having the World Conference on International Telecommunications, or WCIT. According to, the conference was intended to update a treaty governing international telecommunications that hasn’t been refreshed since 1988. 

What is surprising is who didn’t sign is. The United States, along with the United Kingdom and Canada, refused to sign a United Nations treaty on international telecommunications and the Internet. 

Terry Kramer, the U.S. Ambassador to the World Conference on International Telecommunications, said Thursday that “the U.S. cannot sign the [treaty] in [its] current form.”

“Internet policy should not be determined by member states but by citizens, communities, and broader society, and such consultation from the private sector and civil society is paramount,” he continued. “This has not happened here.”


However countries such as Russia and China disagree with the U.S.’s the U.K’s, and Canada’s stance because of the fear of bigger cyber attacks to come. However the U.S counter argues that: 

“The Internet has given the world unimaginable economic and social benefit during these past 24 years,” said Kramer. “All without U.N. regulation.”


Where do you stand?

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